Pinnacles National Park - west entrance
I suggested to Ken @ Nature of a Man that we should start the "10th Day Club", because so far this year we've gone out to Stevens Creek on February 10, Midpen Preserve on March 10, and now Pinnacles on April 10. There was some talk about meeting closer to Yosemite this spring, too. So, maybe we'll get something arranged for Saturday, May 10 for CA nature bloggers? Is there any interest?
This time we had Ken's CNPS friends, another Ken, Stella, Steven, and Joe in tow. I had a lovely time and enjoyed observing how seriously curious native plant folks do their thing with jeweler's loupes and plant keys. Their back and forth exchange of opinions was awesome! Plus, they're proficient hikers. I'll admit I was a little nervous about being able to keep up, both in terms of plants and hiking, because they came with a reputation. They're no namby-pamby garden strolling group. Fortunately, my 7 miles a day walk with weights rehab after my bike accident is paying off with better hiking stamina. It's unfortunate so many nature lovers I know physically can't manage a decent hike; too many waited until after retirement to start the fun stuff and discovered their bodies refused to cooperate. Gotta keep your body moving all along. I still have a lot to learn and hope to retain my curiosity for a long time to come. Considering I'm pretty shy about joining organized groups, I've really enjoyed these casual get-togethers to go places and appreciate nature. Thanks, again, Ken!
It felt ever so slightly cooler at 88.0 °F and became somewhat hazy as the day wore on compared to 2 days before when the air remained crystal clear. I've already been to Pinnacles 5 times this year, something I've never done before. I love seeing the season progress, even if this year's extreme drought can hardly be called typical. Compare this late dusting of spring green to the still swathed in winter reds and relatively bare February 25, 2014 visit. Even at one month ago, the green was barely poking through on March 9, 2014. There seems to be a ton of yellow flowers out right now, even dominating my favorite lilac, spring wildflowers' color co-chair. Given the variety of flowers that have started blooming, I'm beginning to have hope for the coming months after a seemingly slow start.